Bob, 45 Sea Ray EB 2000 - FL
Just a short note to thank you for the excellent service that you provided on my purchase of the Searay 45 EB. I was very apprehensive about making a purchase sight unseen. Your attention to detail and helping me make the right connections made everything go very smoothly. I feel that you went far beyond what could be reasonably expected from a broker and provided all of the services that made this transaction so painless and successful. Once again thank you and look forward to seeing you again.
Forrest and Blanche, 36' Sabre Sedan 2003 - CT
Eric, Blanche and I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for all that you did for us as we searched for our first boat. Your knowledge and easy going, but extremely professional style of doing business, were big contributing factors as we moved forward with the purchase of OPUS. We were also very impressed with the business associates that you introduced us to and who were so instrumental in helping with the financing and insuring of the boat. Finally thanks for getting OPUS safely to Branford from Portland a very impressive job of navigating under some challenging circumstances with a novice and sometimes nervous captain at the helm.
Mehdy and Carolina, 44' Sunseeker 2001 - MD
Eric, I really have to thank you for all of your help and expertise in our purchase of our new Sunseeker. I remember when I was buying my first boat several years ago and you completely walked me through the deal even though there was really nothing in it for you as it was a broker's boat with no commission. I vowed that when I was ready to move up I would call you. Well a few years later and the time was right, but I wasn't sure what I wanted. You really have the patience of a saint as I am a very tough customer and I had little idea of what style of boat I wanted and what I wanted to do with the boat. You really were great at helping me understand the pros and cons of many different style boats.
When we decided a Sunseeker was the boat I wanted you found several boats and traveled (planes, trains, and cars) all over the place to look at boats to determine which was the best boat. I was really impressed at the fact that your dedication to us did not end with the sale. You continued to keep in contact with the broker to make sure all of our survey issues were addressed. Even the broker told me in confidence that he has never dealt with a yacht broker with so much attention to detail and care for his clients. I am so thrilled with the experience and my new boat that I will always only deal with Smith Yacht Sales and will insist that anyone contemplating a boat should do the same. See you in a couple of years for the 50 ft Hardtop!
Seth, 35' Cabo Express 2006 - RI
"Thanks for the voice mail yesterday. I must thank you, as well, for a very pleasurable experience in purchasing our dream boat. We have encountered numerous different yacht brokers/sales people over the past several months in our pursuit of a new boat. Most of them presented themselves as nothing more than used car salesmen, which is not the type of person we wanted to work with.
Your philosophy is quite different. You are not happy in just selling a boat. You take the time to listen to your customers needs, and with your extensive knowledge you make recommendations on which boat(s) will best suit them. From the moment we began working with your company, your entire staff has been nothing but positive and energetic in finding us our new boat.
This is the third boat we have purchased over the past seven years and I would fully expect that this is only the start of a long and prosperous relationship with your company. As you know, Amy McLane was our official yacht broker, and she has been absolutely wonderful throughout this entire process. She has gone above and beyond the call of duty, on several occasions, to put this deal together. I know she is fairly new to this business but trust me when I tell you she is one of your strongest assets. It is quite obvious that she will do whatever it takes to get the job done. I look forward to many wonderful seasons our new Cabo. Thanks again for everything!"
Jamie and Mike, 34’ Sea Ray Amberjack 2001 - MA
"After six long hours of perusing Yacht Broker booths at the 2007 Boston Boat Show we met Dana Brandt. Reviewing their countless listings posted on the wall we came across a 34’ Sea Ray Amberjack, a boat we have been admiring for more than a year.
It was at that moment that we realized that Dana was the antithesis of the stereotypical broker because he didn’t swoon over us like a hawk targeting its prey. Instead, he politely introduced himself and informed us he would be happy to assist us with any questions regarding any listing of interest and would welcome the opportunity to help us purchase a vessel that would truly make us happy. During the conversation Dana asked us if we had a boat to sell.
We told him we had a 28” Albin and he replied he might know someone interested. We knew this wasn’t a typical sales response because Dana epitomized integrity. Within two weeks of this first meeting, Dana had efficiently marketed our Albin, received several inquiries and sold our Albin at the best market price. His comprehensive market analysis was right on target. Next, we began working collaboratively with Dana and Eric (the listing agent for the Sea Ray). Eric’s philosophy and approach to business was the same as Dana’s. It was all about us. We needed to be happy. We know this is their business and they could spin anything to their advantage, but they didn’t.
Both transactions were handled with the utmost professionalism and the least amount of stress as possible. This process was truly our pleasure. We were kept informed every step of the way and they both went above and beyond expectation for our satisfaction. Between their knowledge base and sense of “True Customer Service”, we couldn’t be more pleased and recommend Dana Brandt for anyone interested in dealing with true, caring professionals on their voyage to their dream boat. Thanks and best wishes for continued success"
Eugene and Sandra, 26' Pilot Cove 1996 - NY
I am the individual that purchased the "Pilot Cove" with the help of your sales person "Dick Ruggeri". I wanted to write you and let you know how professionally your company handled the sale. In particular I want you know how fantastically well "Dick" assisted me in the purchase. His advice, the work he performed went above and beyond anything I would reasonably expect. He is an extraordinary Human Being reflects well on your company.
Dick and I are the same age and to find someone who shares the same old fashioned values was wonderful. In short he is "GREAT" and I wanted you to know it. In closing all my dealings with your Company and all recommended contractors has been wonderful. Thanks for a great experience.
Jim and Dawn, 43' Ocean Yacht SS 2002 - NY
"Since buying the Four Moons (2002 Ocean 43) from you last May, I have never been happier, every day is sunny to me. Thanks to you, I own my dream vessel. Smile knowing that in my eyes you are truly an "elite" boat broker who I wholeheartedly endorse. After dealing with other New York and Florida boat brokers, meeting you was a refreshing change. You care about your customers. You listened to our needs and concerns, then provided honest feedback and proven product knowledge, all of which reinforced our confidence in buying from you. You are someone I respect and trust.
Chris, 38' Sabre Express 2005 - RI
"As the owner of a new boat I am amazed by the personal attention that Eric has directed toward my needs. Eric has gone above and beyond my expectations in orienting me with my new purchase, and has made himself consistently available to answer whatever questions I have had. There is no doubt that he truly cares about his clients. Eric has also been an enormous help in assisting me with the sale of my old boat. I am extremely impressed by his overall knowledge of the industry and the energy and enthusiasm he brings to his job. I look forward to working with Eric far into the future."
Joe & Lisa, 36' Carver MY 2003 - MA
"This is our first boat, and we owe our positive experiences so far to Eric. He helped us understand the features we truly needed and wanted in a power boat, and worked diligently to identify boats that met our criteria. His honest assessment of boats helped make our choice easy. Eric was helpful and accessible through the entire purchase process, and shared his knowledge with us unstintingly. Eric provides an incredibly high level of service and support, even after the purchase is completed. We would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to purchase or sell a boat. "
Charlie, 26' Southort Center Console, 2006-Hingham, MA
I have been admiring Southports in the Hingham Shipyard since we moved to the area 3 years ago. More importantly, my wife, who is not quite the boating enthusiast I am, had always said "well, if you ever do get a really nice boat, that's the one you should buy". And that was based on looks alone. When we researched Southports online and couldn't find one comment that wasn't absolutely glowing about the ride and quality of fit and finish, we both knew Southport was our perfect boat. I decided this Spring it was time to "go for it" and enlisted the help of Dana Brandt at Smith Yacht Sales. Little did I know just what a hot commodity slightly used Southports were, but Dana became a great partner and friend in the process of acquiring our 26. Over the course of doing so, Dana joined me in traveling to NJ for the sea trial, working out the shipping details and connecting me with local experts for maintenance. It's been over a month and we still find reasons to stay in touch. We are thrilled with our new Southport Center Console (planning to name her "Mellow") and even my wife asks me when we are going out next!
Dennis & Kerry, 34' Sea Ray Sundancer 2000- Hanover, MA
Leisa, Eric and Kyle- Just a little thank you for your exceptional customer service in selling our 260 (Sea Ray Sundancer) and purchase of our new 340. All of you went above and beyond! Smith Yacht Sales truly exemplifies how the purchase and sale of a boat should be. Looking forward to working with you again in the future!
Bill, 34' Sea Ray Sundancer 2001- Mashpee, MA
Eric, I wanted to express my gratitude for the outstanding experience I enjoyed purchasing my 2001 Sea Ray from you in March 2015. To say that the sale was handled with courtesy and efficiency would be an understatement. From our initial contact until the day I took delivery, the process could not have gone smoother, despite the fact that there was some additional paperwork that needed to be handled on my end as the sale progressed.
You were continuously attentive and always accessible via phone, text, or email and Leisa was a delight to meet and work with. And, above all, your gentlemanly demeanor and unselfish willingness to accommodate whatever request I made was truly appreciated. I hope I can steer some prospective buyers in your direction if the opportunity presents itself. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you and Smith Yacht Sales to anyone in the boat market and I hope we will get the chance to connect again down the road.